California Woman Sentenced on Human Trafficking Charge
Fang Ping Ding, of Fremont, California, was sentenced to more than three years in prison for confiscating the passport, visa, and other documents of a woman from the People's Republic of China in order to maintain control over the victim and force her to work as an unpaid, live-in domestic servant.
Owners of Bankrupt Sunrise Equities Accused in Ponzi Scheme
Three owners of a bankrupt Chicago real estate development firm that purported to adhere to Islamic law in handling investments from individuals in the Chicago area and nationwide actually operated a Ponzi-scheme that defrauded hundreds of victims and three banks of more than $43 million, according to a federal indictment made public today.
Executives from Two Japanese Airlines Indicted in Price Fixing Conspiracy
A former executive of Japan Airlines International Co. Ltd. and two former executives of Nippon Cargo Airlines Co. Ltd. were indicted for participating in a conspiracy to fix and coordinate components of rates for air cargo shipments to and from the United States.
Pakistani Man Charged with Immigration Fraud and False Statements
Aftab Ali, formerly of Watertown, Massachusetts, was charged with immigration fraud and making false statements. It is also alleged that following the Times Square attempted bombing on May 1, 2010, investigators obtained evidence that Ali had provided $4,900 to Faisal Shahzad, who was later convicted of carrying out the bombing attempt, although it is not alleged that Ali was aware of the intended use of the money.
Former Abramoff Colleague Convicted in Illegal Lobbying Scheme
Kevin A. Ring, a former lobbyist who worked with Jack A. Abramoff, was convicted on charges including conspiracy, honest services fraud, and paying gratuities related to a scheme to corrupt public officials by providing a stream of things of value.
California Woman Charged with Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to al Shabaab
Nima Ali Yusuf, of San Diego, California, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to provide material support to al Shabaab, and making false statements to a government agency in a matter involving international terrorism.
Internet Crime Complaint Center Reaches 2 Million Entries
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has logged its 2 millionth consumer complaint alleging online criminal activity. The milestone entry was submitted on November 9, 2010.
The IC3 receives, develops, and refers cyber crime complaints to local, state, federal, and international law enforcement agencies. The IC3 gives cyber crime victims a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations.
Three Police Officers, Six Others Charged in Maryland
In two indictments unsealed today, a federal grand jury has indicted a total of nine defendants, including three Prince George’s County Police officers. Seven defendants, including two of the officers, are charged in the first indictment with conspiring to commit extortion under color of official right in a scheme involving the transport and distribution of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol. The second indictment charges the third officer and another man with a drug and gun conspiracy.
$20,000 Reward Offered in Northern Virginia Shootings
The FBI announced a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for shootings at five military-related installations in Northern Virginia.
The five shootings occurred during the overnight and early morning hours of Oct. 16 and 17, Oct. 19, Oct. 25 and 26, Oct. 28 and 29 and Nov. 1 and 2. The shooting occurred at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the Pentagon, a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting facility and a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting facility. Evidence has confirmed that shots fired at each of the locations are linked to a single weapon.
Fugitive Thomas Sanders Captured in Mississippi
Thomas Sanders had been sought on kidnapping charges after authorities discovered the skeletal remains of a 12-year-old girl, Lexis Roberts, in Harrisonburg, Louisiana. The girl was the daughter of Sanders' girlfriend, Suellen Roberts, who along with Sanders went missing in September. Sanders, who is suspected in the abduction of Lexis, was captured by federal agents Sunday in Gulfport Mississippi.